Amid fears of “The Big One” and citing the need for earthquake safety, the State of California has placed a deadline for hospitals to retrofit their buildings — a task that could cost billions of dollars.
By 2020, all 418 hospitals in California must reduce the risk of collapse. By 2030, they must be able to remain in operation when a major earthquake hits. This stems from the 1994 Northridge earthquake — the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in the San Fernando Valley that killed 57 and injured at least 8,000 — and the seismic safety laws that came afterward. (The Daily Independent)